Can we reconcile individualisation with relational ‘personhood: a case study from the Early Neolithic

  • Chapman John Department of Archaeology, Durham University
  • Gaydarska Bisserka Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Keywords: individualisation, personhood, Early Neolithic, Balkans

Abstract

In this article, we seek to discuss the tension between relational personhood, characterised by ‘dividuals’, and the individualisation of persons whose driving force was the creation of new embodied skills learnt to perform the wide range of new tasks which defined the farming way of life. This is, in effect, an exploration of the consequences of a vivid new world itself created by the interactions of a wider variety of individuals with different skills than had ever been seen before, including those required for domesticating animals, potting, building rectangular houses, growing cereals and pulses and polishing stone tools and ornaments.

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Published
2011-12-31
How to Cite
John, C., & Bisserka, G. (2011). Can we reconcile individualisation with relational ‘personhood: a case study from the Early Neolithic. Documenta Praehistorica, 38, 21-44. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.38.3
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